Kris Bryant Rumors: Phillies or Atlanta Braves?

Eliot Shorr-Parks
December 12, 2019 - 8:15 am
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The Phillies have already added two premier pieces this offseason in Zack Wheeler and Didi Gregorius, but they are rumored to be after even a bigger addition in Chicago Cubs third basemen Kris Bryant. 

Unless, of course, their division rival steps in and steals him away. 

In a new report from ESPN, it seems like the market for Bryant (27-years old) will include three teams —  the Phillies, Atlanta Braves and Texas Rangers. 

Per the report:

"The chatter around Bryant has been steady," one rival executive said this week at the winter meetings.

The Texas Rangers are scanning the market for a third baseman as well, and there are reports that the Philadelphia Phillies are doing the same. After Rendon's signing, league sources pointed to the obvious: Donaldson potentially inking a contract with Washington or Texas, unless the Atlanta Braves change tactics and are willing to sign their player long-term.

The Cubs are open to trading Bryant not because of his skillset — he is one of the elite young players in the league — but his contract status. Bryant is set to become a free agent after the 2021 season, and it is unlikely the Cubs will be signing him to the mega-extension he will be after. 

While the Phillies don’t have the trade assets the Braves do, they do — or at least should — have the money the Braves don’t. Owner John Middleton has made it clear numerous times that he knows to build the Phillies into a World Series contending team that he will have to spend money, and go into the luxury tax to do so. 

Adding and paying Bryant, who had an OPS of .903 last season while hitting 31 home runs and 35 doubles, would certainly qualify as doing just that. 

If Middleton is serious, he make sure if Bryant does end up in the NL East, it will be with the Phillies and not the Braves. 

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